Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders attend class, communicate with their professors, prepare activities for their review sessions, and lead 1–3 sessions per week.
SI Leaders are paid for eight hours of work each week, during which they attend class, plan for sessions, and hold sessions. There are distinct responsibilities that SI Leaders are expected to fulfill in each of these areas.
SI Leaders are expected to be model students and exemplify excellence in the classroom. Some of their responsibilities include the following:
- Attend all classes (except test days) and take notes
- Discuss course-related questions and insights with the professor
- Listen to the students to find out if there is a group struggle that could be addressed in review sessions
Planning for Sessions
In order to hold effective review sessions, SI Leaders are expected to prepare beforehand. With their planning hours, SI Leaders do the following:
- Read/work through any assignments given to the students
- Make a lesson plan of how the session will work
- Prepare any materials (such as handouts, presentations, practice problems, or games) that will be used in the session
- Upload session materials and agendas to the SI database
SI Leaders are expected to hold their sessions consistently and to guide students through the review activities. In doing so, SI Leaders are expected to accomplish the following:
- Record attendance
- Promote students’ understanding of the subject matter
- Encourage active participation
- Create a comfortable and informal environment
- Encourage students to teach other students
- Encourage questions and attempts, even if they result in mistakes
- Never simply lecture (although some general overview may be beneficial)
In addition to the previously mentioned responsibilities, SI Leaders are expected to respond to e-mails in a timely manner, stay in touch with the SI Supervisors, and attend mandatory Sunday afternoon trainings periodically throughout the semester.